I'm not much of an artist but I think this is a relaxing activity.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Here's me in the mirror, in the mirror, in the mirror.
I wanted to see how I did on this reverse French, or Dutch braid.
I'm thinking it's not too bad, until it gets closer to the bottom,
considering that it has been a long time since I tried one of this kind
on my own head.
Next time I might try this upside down,
starting at the neck and ending at the top of my head.
That will be a sight, won't it?
Monday, May 20, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Today we celebrate. Forty-four.
Today's post would make much more sense if I could link to the post
of last year's gift to Fireball,
but as it turns out I didn't take a picture of it or post anything about it.
So tomorrow, if time and circumstances permit,
I will take a picture and post it to clarify for you.
See you then.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
More yard transformation happened today including planting this new dogwood tree.
Later we experienced a severe thunderstorm
and suffered some damage to our existing maple tree.
So here it is, new dogwood (left) and large broken limb (right)
still attached but hanging.
We'll have to get up there and trim it out as soon as it is not raining so hard
and try not to damage the new plants in the process.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
This tree is a volunteer walnut tree.
It is very close to our deck which was not a problem when it was small.
I thought it might give us some nice shade as it got bigger,
but now it is causing a problem in our seating area with limbs on guests' heads.
I think it will have to go.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Here I was struggling with what to post today to convey the Mother's Day feeling
and then M sends me this photo in a text.
Our family was complete.
Happy Mother's Day.
L to R: Big D, Little E, Me holding M, T-Bone, Fireball in back
Saturday, May 11, 2019
At the Children's Museum under the Chihuly is the youngest GB and me.
Fireball and I celebrated Mother's Day early with a trip to the museum
with two of our four children,
both of our daughters-in-law, and three of our four grandchildren.
We had a great time and even a little rain did not bother us.
Friday, May 10, 2019
The garden clean up continues.
Large front pot contains rescued daffodils.
Huge back pot contains rescued day lilies.
Some will get replanted in the freshly weeded original bed.
Some will find new homes in other parts of the yard.
After that, I will likely still have some left.
On Tuesday while I was working on the forever shawl,
I had over 400 stitches on the needle at the time
and lots of them fell off and were just sitting there live.
I quickly strung them all onto a contrasting piece of yarn.
In the process more stitches fell off the cable.
Needless to say I was in quite a panic.
They are all safe now but I'm sure there will be stitches to fix
as I get to them when I start to knit again.
I have found another circular needle to use so I can begin soon.
(shown is my cowl still not blocked, not shawl in question)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
After another day working on the front yard,
I took a survey of the back yard to see how things are doing.
The lilac is coming along slower than I expected
but looks like it will have quite a profusion of blooms once they open up.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
I have been a part of a little quilt group for approximately twenty-five years.
This is a great group of ladies.
Each time one of us loses a loved one,
the others will make quilt blocks in his or her memory
and present those blocks to her.
Tonight I was presented blocks in memory of my mom.
The blocks are three inch finished and were quite a challenge.
It has been a rough six months for me and
I appreciate that each member was willing to step up to the challenge,
learn something new just to make blocks for me.
I love my little baskets.
Monday, May 6, 2019
It was another fun day of playing in the dirt.
I didn't remember to take any garden pictures, but honestly,
they wouldn't have looked much different than the one from yesterday.
I am so tired (in a good way) and I can hardly move
so instead I will share with you a proverb
from my hot chocolate mug this evening.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
I have finally reached the final section of the shawl I have been working on forever.
Nine rows to go.
Then I have all the ends to weave in, of course.
I hope to have this done in the next week.
Wish me luck.
(You can see previous pictures of this project under the "knitting" label
in the sidebar)
Monday, April 29, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Going to the Decorators' Show House
is one of the things I look forward to most each year.
This was part of my favorite room this year.
Most of the rooms felt very modern but this one felt homey and warm.
I am obsessed with the wallpaper and the row of hats.
I'm not sure there is a place in my house to use this idea,
but you can be sure I will be pondering this for a while.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
This morning I baked gluten free Brown Butter Eggnog Snickerdoodle Donuts
to bring to Easter brunch today.
They were amazing.
If you'd like to make some of your own, they are on the Bob's Red Mill website.
Go check it out.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The second installment of the quilt exhibit I went to last month opened tonight.
This group is made up of transitional quilts.
This medallion quilt fascinated me.
It is made entirely of handmade paper which has been hand dyed,
with the each piece individually cut and then applied to this large paperboard.
I have forgotten the artist's name but can find out easily
and will edit this post with her name.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Here is my first update on the repair of this quilt.
I have removed all the blocks or parts of blocks that need replacing.
After doing so, I can see the original colors of the fabrics
that were hidden in the seams.
Rather than selecting replacement fabrics based on the faded,
yellowed and dirty state of the current fabrics,
I have decided to use fabrics
that represent the fabrics that were originally chosen.
This way when the new ones get faded, yellowed or dirty,
they will be more likely to look as though they belonged all along.
My logic may be faulty but it is my logic and I am sticking with it.
Not shown here is the drawing on graph paper of the missing blocks
and the surrounding design that I have done
so I can determine how many pieces of each shape and color
I will need from the new fabrics.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
As promised, here is the full shot of the quilt that needs repair.
Also, I don't believe I ever answered the latest What is it? post.
The quote is from one of my favorite songs ever -
Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World.
It is even represented in my studio.
Edit: I have written a blog post over on More Curiously about my other treasures
from the same shopping trip.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
This quilt was for sale at a nearby antique mall. It was billed as a "cutter."
I think the description was misleading.
It's not at all that it is in such bad shape
that the only good use would be to cut it up for other projects,
but rather the quilt is in great shape
with the exception of this big hole that someone has cut into it.
I believe this quilt deserves a second chance
so I took this as a challenge to make it better.
As soon as I can grab a quilt holder and a nice day without rain,
I'll show you the whole, beautiful thing...
and progress pictures of the rescue, of course.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
To my surprise I found out that Fireball had never been to Crown Hill Cemetery.
It is the site of the tomb of James Whitcomb Riley
which sits at the top of Crown Hill which is the highest elevation in the city.
From there one can see for miles in all directions including downtown.
It is peaceful and quiet there.
We walked and were greeted by names and dates,
many of them belonging to prominent families in the city's history.
We tried to determine family relationships.
As we were about to find our way out of the maze to start our ride home,
we were startled by an event which led us to an unforgettable experience.
I've posted some pictures over on More Curiously.
Here's a clue.